My Graduation Outfit and Makeup

Last month I graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in Journalism. Wow, I’m officially a graduate. I’m a fully-fledged adult with a full time job, running on tea and biscuits and wearing suits. And I love every second of it.

my graduation staffs uni

Having a job I love so dearly makes the breakdowns, the tears and the long hard slog worth it. My degree didn’t come easy, but now – it’s mine and no one can ever take that away from me.

On 11 July, I put on my cap and gown and graduated with my class of 2019. It was emotional. I was so happy to be graduating with my friends, celebrating our journey and our future, but I also couldn’t wait to see the back of the place.

Graduation Outfit

If you read about my Manchester trip you might have already spotted where my dress is from!

I picked up this beautiful circus print midi dress from Oliver Bonas, after falling head over heels with it on the mannequin. I hadn’t even got it zipped up in the dressing room before I said yes to the dress.

oliver bonas graduation dress

The midi came in at £75, and I picked up some lilac and orange statement earrings to match the colours in the dress for £12. I also wore my blush pink and rose gold Modu watch.

Regarding shoes and a bag, I could have gone with lilac, orange, or various shades of pink. I had picked up a couple of bags, but spotted a suedette range of clutches in New Look, all of which matched the dress.

I purchased hot pink and orange, and went on the hunt for shoes to match either – with only a week until Grad.

After trying on what felt like hundreds of size 5s, I had almost given up. I made one last desperate escalator crawl into Debenhams, where sitting on a little sale rail all alone were this pair of hot pink Faith heels reduced from £50 to £12.50. If ever there was fate, the stars had certainly aligned.


Dress – Oliver Bonas – £75

Earrings – Oliver Bonas – £12

Bag – New Look – £10

Shoes – Debenhams – £12.50

Watch – Modu – gifted

Outfit total: £109.50

Graduation Makeup

I recently received the most exciting PR package! When a box of Charlotte Tilbury goodies arrived on my doorstep, I was completely speechless. They came just in time for graduation, so it would be rude not to go glam for the event!

I woke up at 6:30am to start my graduation makeup and filmed the process. I have added the product details below in case you miss them in the video!


Product details:

Primer: Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow

Foundation: Dr Jart Black Label BB Cream

Brows: Natural Collection Tinted Brow Gel (dark)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (Auburn)

Contour: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow

Powder: Kat Von D Lock It Powder Foundation

Blush: Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic

Eyes: Modern Renaissance palette

Highlight: Dior Backstage Face palette

Mascara: Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes

MILK Kush Mascara

Lips: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Liner

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick (Pillow Talk)

graduation makeup charlotte tilbury


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Staffordshire, UK

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